Last night on our tweet-chat interview #TheConverse, we discussed ‘Stories of the underrepresented’ with our guest Khadija Ahmed, UK-based founder and editor of new online magazine AnotherLenz.
Khadija said she launched her online magazine two weeks ago, a magazine that ‘covers unpopular opinion, underrepresented stories and unique experiences’.
In our discussion, when I asked, ‘Have you covered any stories in the magazine on the underrepresented in any part of the world?’
She said, ‘Yes I have indeed, Yemen, Bangladesh and Canada but we have many more to come.’
Then I requested, ‘You must have some ideas and knowledge to share on the underrepresented then, e.g. in Canada. What can you tells us?’
‘I interviewed Jon Adaskin who photographed the families of indigenous women of Canada.
‘Between 1980 and 2012, 1,017 aboriginal women and girls were murdered and missing.
‘I chose to write this for AnotherLenz as I feel it hasn’t got enough media attention and deserves to be acknowledged.’
I went further with the interview, ‘So from all the stories you know, what are the root causes and key solutions to underrepresentation in the world?’
According to Khadija, ‘The reason for underrepresentation is the political, economic, ideological or cultural hegemony of the mainstream media.’ And, ‘The solution is more platforms and media corporations that believe in equality and voicing the voiceless.’
I noticed she narrowed the root cause of underrepresentation down to the media only. So I explained that according to some other views, the reasons are generally human-made imposition, laws and behaviours. And that lesser human-made impositions, laws and behaviours are the solutions to underrepresentation. To these, she also agreed.
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